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Governor Strickland rejects cigarette surcharge

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The Dispatch wrote Governor rejects cigarette surcharge

Thursday, April 24, 2008

By James Nash

A Washington-based anti-smoking group wants Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative leaders to slap a 75-cent surcharge on packs of cigarettes in order to save an Ohio foundation that discourages youth from smoking and runs a smoking quit line.

Legislative leaders and Strickland aren’t biting, however. Spokesman Keith Dailey said the governor is not considering alternatives to his proposal to take money from the anti-smoking foundation for his economic-stimulus plan.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said revenue from the new tax would more than offset the money Strickland and legislative leaders want to divert from the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation, which would keep the foundation in business.

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